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Matemwe Retreat

Lodge 9.0 Rating
Price 780 660 570 570 Closed Closed 593 728 780 728 728 653 660 USD
Jan 8.5
Feb 8.0
Mar 7.5
Apr 6.5
May 7.5
Jun 8.0
Jul 9.0
Aug 8.5
Sep 9.0
Oct 9.0
Nov 8.5
Dec 8.0
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Matemwe Retreat
is located in the Matemwe area on the northeast coast of Zanzibar Island off the Indian Ocean Coast of Tanzania.

Matemwe Retreat consists of just four very high quality private villas in a stunning position above the lagoon. The plot is pleasantly large and surrounded by related properties. Each villa has a gorgeous lower terrace, romantic bedroom and an upstairs deck with private pool with incredible views. Guests can enjoy private butler service and private dining, whilst also being welcome at the main lodge, where there is an well-equipped watersports centre. The diving in the area is excellent and there is a wide range of marine and other activities available.

The main potential downsides at Matemwe Retreat are that the lodge is relatively expensive and it is a long walk to the main lodge. Guests also seem to arrive with higher levels of expectancy than is reasonable here in Zanzibar, where true five star hospitality is very difficult to deliver. The beach is not private, is the lagoon is very tidal. Excursions to the south of the island are a little distant and there is very little night-life in the area.

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